Monthly Archives: December 2014

The LOFT – Reflections on 2014

Well this must be the time to write it – I’ve been thinking about it for weeks now and have not stopped long enough with keyboard in hand to put words to the screen. 

Reflections on 2014. Topic at The LOFT this week!

Graphic by Kerry MesserThe Loft: A weekly Hangout and Link Up for Christian bloggers

Twenty-Fourteen (2014), day 336 in fact of 2014 – 29 days remaining and what have I learned, what has made a sizable impact on me? I need to write about it. I’ve known that as I said for weeks now. So here goes. 

One.

In every moment, in every thing – GOD is ALWAYS good and I am ALWAYS loved. [source]  

A succinct message. One that stays handy on the desktop of my mind because I often need it. It is an anchor for my soul when – when I can’t find my car keys and I should have left 10 minutes ago and when the CAT scan of one I love so much shows two spots on the brain. 

HE is ALWAYS good and YOU and I are ALWAYS loved.
Say it again and again; as often as needed.

Two.

“Life is so urgent it necessitates living slow.”
[source, page 74]

I knew when I read the book and saw the video that I had been nailed! You see I default to hurry. It’s automatic for me. WHAT.EVER.IT IS. As soon as my mind has done it my body should be done with it too because in my mind I have already moved on to the next thing; next task, next conversation, next whatever. How many of you know that is no way to live?  Is. Not. What. GOD. Intended! Search the Scripture. Have you ever seen GOD in a hurry? Have you ever read: ‘and in haste JESUS did this or that’? Thankfully, this year I have been properly told to SLOW DOWN. And slowly I am learning to slow down. 🙂

One more and I’ll put this to post.

Number three.

Weight loss. Exercise. Food Choices. Portion Size. Walking. Running. Workouts. Any discipline to improve one’s health and we say to them:

Do it for yourself!

And perhaps that will work for a time. But most often not long enough. Not long enough to produce new life.

So what does work?

Do it for JESUS!

Do it because it honors Him.
Do it because it helps YOU believe YOU are loved and that in Him you actually are worthy to work with Him to help others. At least that is what it did for me. 

23 Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,
24 Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah). via Colossians 3:23-24 AMP;CJB – Whatever may be your task, work at it – Bible Gateway.

I’ve learned this year that there is NOTHING. Absolutely nothing concerning me that does not concern Him.

You name it and He is willing to help you with it – help you do it right or help you stop doing it because it is wrong.  

There are no exceptions.
You SURRENDER it to Him and in His Time He will handle it! 

’nuff said! 🙂

Day 336 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.

Kathie

Created by Love

Showing Day One Jesse Tree Ornament in place. IMG_1587Now on to Day Two. 

Created by Love. Indeed we were! For GOD our Creator is love. (See I John 4:8)

Genesis 1:27 So God created humankind in his own image; in the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. via Genesis 1:1-5, 26-27 NASB;CJB – The Creation – In the beginning God – Bible Gateway.

Created in His image. What does that mean exactly? Bears some pondering, doesn’t it? And so if you do ponder same – what does it mean to me that I am created in the image of God  – and if you would care to share your ponderings, I’d be blessed and honored to listen. 

Day 336 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.

Kathie

Credit is given to Ann Voskamp – Unwrapping the Greatest Gift – A Family Celebration of Christmas.